Californian electric car manufacturer Tesla has been given the go-ahead to open a flagship showroom in Fortitude Valley.
A development application was lodged by the company in January to open a flagship showroom in the Homemaker Centre in Fortitude Valley.
As well as a Tesla vehicle showroom and sales office on the ground level, the facility is expected to include four 24-hour public use supercharging stations and a dedicated Tesla carwash bay in the basement.
The supercharging stations are capable of charging Tesla vehicles in 30 to 75 minutes, as opposed to the overnight charge required by a standard Tesla charger.
Brisbane Times reports that the development application was formally presented to the Brisbane City Council City Planning committee on Tuesday, and was unanimously supported by the committee.
Local councillor Vicki Howard said the Tesla showroom was a perfect fit for the Valley.
“We’re seeing more companies such as Tesla really looking at that area as their home,” she said. “Not far from there we have a lot of the high-end motor vehicles that made that their home… so I think it’s the perfect fit.”
No date has been announced for the opening of the showroom, but you can expect Tesla to move fast — the development application stated that Fortitude Valley had been identified as an ideal location for a flagship store to increase the brand’s limited brand awareness and infrastructure presence in South-East Queensland.
According to the development application, the showroom in Brisbane will form part of Tesla’s commitment to fostering “clean energy ecosystems and continuing the process of reducing the world’s use and dependence upon fossil fuels”.
Led by enigmatic CEO Elon Musk, Tesla was founded in 2003, but didn’t become widely known until the release of the Tesla Roadster, the first electric sports car, in 2008. Since then, they’ve produced the Model S and Model X, and will soon release the much-anticipated Model 3.
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